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Directed by Freddie Francis
USA 1964

 

The fourth of Hammer's psychological thrillers, made to capitalize on the success of films like Psycho and Les Diaboliques. It is one of Freddie Francis' most imaginative films, making the most of a patchy Jimmy Sangster script. Knight (a faceless Hammer lead) is the suspect hero, and Linden the tormented young heroine haunted by the fear of hereditary insanity who, as the film begins, is plagued by a recurring nightmare in which her mother lures her into a mental asylum. Normally the Hammer psychological strain has a disconcertingly contemporary tone, but here the apparatus (who is trying to drive the girl out of her mind?) is truly Gothic: old country house, absent guardian, white phantom, etc...

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

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Nightmare, despite the absence of any member of the Hammer Trifecta, is a Hammer masterpiece. From the chilling beginning to the surprising conclusion, this film sets the bar for British suspense. Sharp, haunting, and absolutely timeless, Nightmare should already be on your video shelf.

Janet is a young girl at boarding school who has a very bleak history. When she was a little girl, she saw her mother stab her father to death. She is haunted by the visions of this day until she can barely function. When the school decides to put her under observation of a doctor at her own house, the visions get worse until Janet does not know if there are supernatural forces at work or she is trapped within her own madness.

Excerpt from Classic-Horror.com  located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 28th, 1964

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Comparison:

Elephant Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Box Cover

 

Only available in Indicator's Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows with The Shadow of the Cat, Captain Clegg, The Phantom of the Opera and Nightmare

or buy directly from Indicator:

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Elephant Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:22:21.895         1:22:22.604 
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,543,506,597 bytes

Feature: 14,930,995,200 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,047,075,769 bytes

Feature: 24,394,479,168 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Elephant Film Blu-ray:

Bitrate Indicator Blu-ray:

Audio DTS-HD Master Audio English 1406 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1406 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1344 kbps / 16-bit)
DUB:
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1420 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1420 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1344 kbps / 16-bit)

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
BEHP Interview:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -30dB
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles French, none English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,471,315,571 bytes

Feature: 30,857,963,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• La Hammer Films La Petite Boutiques Des Horruers (10:19)
• La Film Par Nicolas Stanzick (9:00)
• 11 Films Trailers
• Gallery (2:25)
• Second disc DVD included!


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 7th, 2017
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,047,075,769 bytes

Feature: 24,394,479,168 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby (2021)
The BEHP Interview with Freddie Francis (1994, 83 mins): career-spanning audio interview, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Francis in conversation with Alan Lawson and Syd Wilson
Jennie Linden: Memories (2016, 14:15): interview with the Nightmare and Women in Love actor
Hammer’s Women: Moira Redmond (2021, 10:02): profile of the film, television and theatre actor by critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson
Kim Newman Introduces ‘Nightmare’ (2021, 8:10): appreciation by the critic and author
Something Lurking in the Chords (2021, 29:48): appreciation of Don Banks’ score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
Madhouse: Inside Hammer’s ‘Nightmare’ (2016, 14:12): Hammer historians Alan Barnes, John J Johnston, Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby revisit the production
‘Nightmare’ in the Making (2016, 27:14): documentary with film historian Wayne Kinsey, featuring interviews with actor Jennie Linden, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster and art director Don Mingaye
Original theatrical trailer (1:03)
Image galleries: promotional and publicity material
Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Emma Westwood, extracts from original press materials, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 28th, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside hard box

Chapters 10

 

 Indicator's Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows Package

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (May 2021): Indicator have transferred Freddie Francis's Nightmare to Blu-ray, as part of their Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows with The Shadow of the Cat, Captain Clegg, The Phantom of the Opera joining Nightmare. The image quality is significantly beyond the French Elephant film's Blu-ray from 2017. The UK 1080P is approaching twice the bitrate. It still has the 'CinemaScope Mumps' - - stretched horizontally ("The CinemaScope lenses were optically flawed, however, by the fixed anamorphic element, which caused the anamorphic effect to gradually drop off as objects approached closer to the lens. The effect was that close-ups would slightly overstretch an actor's face, a problem that was soon referred to as "the mumps".) The Indicator is tighter and more stable where the French counterpart image is more frail and clunky. The Indicator is clean with wonderfully layered-contrast. It's a notable upgrade in-motion.   

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It advances on the 16-bit Elephant Film audio transfer (DTS-HD.) This would be most notable in the dramatic score by Don Banks (The Brigand of Kandahar, Torture Garden, The Evil of Frankenstein, Rasputin The Mad Monk, The Mummy's Shroud, The Reptile), that has some intense moments coming through clean and authentically flat in the uncompressed rendering. Indicator offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

Where the Elephant films offered two French-language extras about Hammer films running about 10-minute each, 11 trailers - mostly similar genre films, a gallery and the package has a second disc DVD, the Indicator Blu-ray is stacked. First up is a new (2021) audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby who provide essential details of the cast, Hammer, Freddie Francis, the cinematography, Jimmy Sangster's story with some interesting anecdotes relating to the production. They have the script with notes and changes that they comment on as well as it being Hammer's most female-centric effort and similarities to Gaslight. It's very informative and worth the indulgence. There is also a 1994, 83-minute BEHP audio interview with Freddie Francis running to the film. It's a career-spanning interview, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Francis in conversation with Alan Lawson and Syd Wilson. Fans of the cinematographer, director will certainly enjoy his input. Indicator include a 2016 interview with Jennie Linden for 1/4 hour focusing on her memories of the Nightmare and 'Women in Love' (Ken Russell) actor. There is another interesting segment of Hammer’s Women. This 2021 one is about Moira Redmond providing a 10-minute profile of the film, television and theatre actor by critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson. For 8-minutes we get a new appreciation by the critic and author Kim Newman who introduces ‘Nightmare’. Something Lurking in the Chords is a new 1/2 hour appreciation of Don Banks’ score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde. Madhouse: Inside Hammer’s ‘Nightmare’ was made in 2016 and runs shy of 15-minutes with Hammer historians Alan Barnes, John J Johnston, Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby revisiting the production. ‘Nightmare’ in the Making is also from 2016 and is a 1/2 hour documentary with film historian Wayne Kinsey, featuring interviews with actor Jennie Linden, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster and art director Don Mingaye. Lastly, is an original theatrical trailer and image galleries of promotional and publicity material. The Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows package has a limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Emma Westwood, extracts from original press materials, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

Nightmare is firmly within Hammer's psycho-thrillers sub-genre - with creepy dreams inside an insane asylum. Jimmy Sangster's script is adeptly directed by Freddie Francis with prototypical Hammer charm. Another important part of Indicator's Blu-ray Hammer boxsets. This is easily the definitive 1080P edition of Hammer's Nightmare and we strongly recommended it, looking for ward to the other three films, The Shadow of the Cat, Captain Clegg, and The Phantom of the Opera, in Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows. Essential for fans of the studio.

Gary Tooze

 


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Only available in Indicator's Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows with The Shadow of the Cat, Captain Clegg, The Phantom of the Opera and Nightmare

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